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N-S ups the ante one more time in its attempt to get Conrail.
Plus look what's left in Henry County this afternoon.
Was it a tornado or not? Either way it left a lot of damage
Now that a cold front is clearing the area, the matter of gusty winds and
snow showers for the mountains heads up the forecast.
On Health Check-- the latest good news on the AIDS front.
Plus, for those ready to start or expand their family, we'll have some
informaiton on adoption-- internationally and domestic.
Unofficial reports of a tornado in the Axton community of Henry County- this
afternoon--This is what was left behind.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Residents at a Henry County mobile home park are picking up the pieces after
a powerful storm ripped homes off their foundation.
double boxes Jean/Teresa
Teresa Hamilton has been at the Sentry Mobile Home Park near Axton throughout
much of the afternoon.
(teresa ad lib)
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SUPER=07-Leila Moore; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :12
SUPER=07-Michelle Hairston; :31
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What's another billion dollars?
To Norfolk Southern, it could be what it takes to put its hostile takeover
bid for Conrail over the top.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff has been following the bidding war involving one of the area's
Len, what kind of reaction is this latest N-S move getting from the
Very mixed Jean.
Nearly every railroad analyst we spoke with has a different opinion.
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OUT Q=between them.
(( Norfolk Southern is increasing its hostile bid for Conrail to 10- billion-
dollars, roughly a 10- percent increase.
That tops an offer from cross- state rival C-S-X by roughly a billion- and-
a- half- dollars.
Even with this new N-S bid, analysts differ on the what kind of an effect it
Some say it will win over shareholders at Conrail, the dominant railroad in
Others believe the original deal inked between C-S-X and Conrail has been
written in a way that will prevent nearly any other offer from being heard.
And still others believe this bidding war will reach a stalemate, and the
two aggressors will eventually get together and divy up the spoils of Conrail
Now whether C-S-X decides to make another move remains the million, or
should I say, billion- dollar question.
Double Boxes=Jean and Len/Newsroom
(WHAT KIND OF MOVE DO THE ANALYSTS THINK C-S-X CAN MAKE?)
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The FBI is adamantly denying that a Navy Missile brought down TWA flight
Former newsman Pierre Salinger claims he has a document that shows it was a
But the FBI says it's investigated that theory and it's just not true.
((JAMES KALLSTROM/FBI: WE WANT TO ASSURE THE AMERICAN PUBLIC. WE WANT TO ASSURE
THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS OF THIS HORRENDOUS TRAGEDY THAT NOTHING LIKE THAT
HAS TAKEN PLACE, WOULD TAKE PLACE, WOULD EVER TAKE PLACE.))
OUT Q=would ever take place."
All 230 people aboard the plane were killed.
That plane missing from radar in Nigeria yesterday crashed in a remote
swampland east of (LA-gos) Lagos.
It took Nigerian officials almost 24 hours- but today they found the plane-
it's tail sticking out of the muddy ground.
The aircraft is relatively intact, but it's believed all 141 people on
board were killed.
The changing of the guard continues at the White House.
President Clinton has appointed North Carolina businessman (IR-skin Bowls)
Erskine Bowles to be his new chief of staff.
((ERSKINE BOWLES: I'M TRULY HONORED TO HAVE BEEN ASKED BY PRESIDENT CLINTON TO
RETURN TO SERVE HIM AS HE SERVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.))
OUT Q=the American people."
Bowles replaces Leon Panetta, who's resigning.
Panetta says it's been a great journey- but he looks forward to going back
to California and spending more time with his family.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- The next chapter in the case of
reading Rush at one Bedford County school.
And why did Rockbridge County overwhelmingly ground an airport on Election
On Health Check...growing your family.
We'll examine adoption-- in light of a big event on the topic tomorrow in
The president of the Blue Ridge Adoption Group-- Terri Cornwell-- joins us
Patrick is shopping at the Stocked Market.
A live report from the Salem Civic Center when we come back.
A civil liberties group says it WILL sue a Bedford County school which it
claims has banned Rush Limbaugh books from the classroom.
Nine-year old Jason Gardner says his teachers at Montville Elementary have
prevented him TWICE from reading Limbaugh material he's brought from home.
Gardner's case has been taken over by the Rutherford Institute, which told
the school to reverse that policy or face a lawsuit.
The school's lawyer responded today, saying "the facts and the law are on
our side and no amount of threats and chest thumping" will alter that.
A Rutherford lawyer told News-7 that "somebody in this case is lying and
it's not my client."
The Institute plans to file a new complaint in federal court next week.
A former state delegate from Bristol faces charges relating to alleged
incidents involving five teenagers.
Bristol police have charged 44 year-old John Clyde Brown with attempted
forcible sodomy of one boy.
He's also charged with giving alcohol to four other teenage boys.
Police say all of the alleged incidents took place at Brown's home.
Brown is a former mayor of Bristol.
He tried unsuccessfully to unseat Congressman Rick Boucher in 1988.
He's currently on paid administrative leave from his job as athletic
director at Virginia High School.
It appears the proposed airport for Rockbridge County won't survive the
thrashing it took at the polls Tuesday.
A plan to build an airstrip in a field north of Lexington lost by a THREE to
Airport supporters say the project is dead.
The citizens group that fought it says they're ready to fight again.
IN Q=We're prepared, if it comes
((DARRELL CROSON, CONCERNED CITIZENS COALITION; WE'RE PREPARED, IF IT COMES UP
AGAIN, TO TAKE ON THE ISSUE AND LOOK AT IT AGAIN. WE'E HOPING THAT WON'T BE THE
CASE. WHEN YOU HAVE OVER A 75 PERCENT VOTE AGAINST SOMETHING, WE'RE HOPING THAT
OUR OFFICIALS HAVE GOTTEN A CLEAR MESSAGE.))
SUPER=01-Darrell Croson/Concerned Citizens Coalition;
OUT Q=gotten a clear message
Croson (CROW-son) says the Concerned Citizens Coalition is here to stay, and
will now turn it's attention to other issues in Rockbridge County.
What does Christmas shopping have to do with affordable child care?
The man in the know, Patrick Evans has the answer
(Patrick ad lib)
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Holiday shopping may be a chore for many, but there's one place where you
can get a jump on it all this weekend.
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Patrick Evans reports from the Stocked Market, where over 100 merchants
from across the country gather to help a worthy cause sponsored by the Junior
SUPER=01-Lauren Conner/Junior League;
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Still to come- Mike has the list of the football games tonight- which are
on which are off?
On Health Check today, the latest in AIDS research--
Dutch doctors say a three-drug cocktail almost completely elminated H-I-V
from patients' bodies.
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((DR. SVEN DANNER/UNIVERSITY OF AMSTERDAM MEDICAL CENTER: WE WERE ABLE TO BRING
DOWN THE VIRAL LOAD IN THE LYMPHOID TISSUE TO UNDETECTABLE LEVELS IN ALL THE
PATIENTS WE TESTED. ))
OUT Q=patients we tested.
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Dutch researchers report a major, critical step forward in a battle
They say a powerful drug cocktail appears to eliminate all traces of the
virus from the body.
Previous studies have shown that the same mixture of a protease
inhibitor-- A-Z-T and 3-T-C....wiped out the virus in the blood.
This latest work examined the LYMPH glands where most of the AIDS virus is
produced-- and they too were disease-free.
IN Q=The fact
(( ANTHONY FAUCI/NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NO
READILY APPARENT VIRUS IS GOOD NEWS, IS VERY ENCOURAGING AND ENCOURAGING
INVESTIGATORS AND PEOPLE IN THE FIELD TO GO THE NEXT STEP.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony Fauci/National Institutes of Health; :
OUT Q=the next step.
That next crucial step will come when patients stop taking the drugs
Researchers can't even use the word CURE-- until patients remain free of
the AIDS virus for several years, without the help of these powerful drugs.
Families are made in all kinds of ways.
Today, the way we're talking about is adoption.
Take for example, the Bennett Bunch in Botetourt County-- with Joshua,
Zachary, Sarah and Eli.
This family is just one of many in the area that really illustrates the
beauty of adoption-- through this country and around the globe.
That's going to be the topic of a seminar tomorrow, at Lewis Gale's
With us now to talk about the Adoption Fair, is Terri Cornwell....the
mother of two herself, and the president of BRAG...the Blue Ridge Adoption
SUPER=01-Terri Cornwell/Blue Ridge Adoption Group; :
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Thanks for joining us Terri.
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For those interested in checking out the Adoption Fair, it will be held
tomorrow-- at the Lewis Gale Foundation Building Auditorium...on Keagy Road.
The event will be held from 10 to two.
Time now for sports-- where a soggy day has cancelled some games tonight--
Let's check in with one man who's spirits are never dampened--here's Mike
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to a rocky Friday.
It's the final week of the regular season in high school football so, despite
the weather today most teams are still playing tonight.
Here's a look at the revised Friday Football Extra schedule that now includes
nine featured games instead of 13.
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OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL.
Now, as I mentioned most games are on tonight as schedule, but a number have
Here are 8 games that we know of that have been rescheduled because of the
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Botetourt/Sat./Northside/1:30/Pulaski Co./Sat./Cave Spring/1pm;
SUPER=55-Parry McCluer/Sat./Bath Co./1pm/Amherst Co./Sat./E.C. Glass/7pm/
Coaches and athletic directors, If you're game has been rescheduled tonight
and you're not on the list you need to let us know by calling 1-800-777-WDBJ.
The Winston Cup cars were able to get in first round qualifying this
afternoon in Atlanta as the cold front moved past Hampton, Georgia and quickly
dried the track.
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However, it also left some mighty cold temperatures behind as fans in the
infield had to huddle around a fire to stay warm.
No one was hotter on the track than Bobby Labonte,who went out late in
qualifying and knocked Jeff Gordon off the pole with a record setting run, a
lap at 185 point 887 mils an hour.
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((BOBBY LABONTE/SETS NEW TRACK QUALIFYING RECORD:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Labonte/Sets New Track Qualifying Record; :00
OUT Q=...JUST AWESOME."
While Gordon and Terry Labonte qualified second and third respectively, Dale
Jarrett the long shot to win the championship is right on their heels
Now,let's check the top 25 for the NAPA 500.
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SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/185.887/2. Jeff Gordon//3. Terry Labonte//4. Mark
Martin//5. Dale Jarrett;
SUPER=0107-6. Ernie Irvan//7. Todd Bodine//8. Greg Sacks//9. Bobby
Hamilton//10. Chad Little//;
SUPER=0107-11. Hut Stricklin//12. Jack Sprague//13. Bill Elliott//14. Gary
Bradberry//15. Rick Mast//;
SUPER=0107-16. Johnny Benson//17. Dale Earnhardt//18. Robert Pressley//19.
Brett Bodine//20. Lake Speed//;
SUPER=0107-21. Joe Nemechek//22. Billy Standridge//23. Ward Burton//24. Elton
Sawyer//25. Bobby Hillin//;
A man pictured in a book of homeless people on the streets of London,
landed himself a job--as a Calvin Klein model.
Boxer Shaun Yates can now throw in the towel for a more lucrative
A few months ago a photographer featured Yates in the homeless book, the
picture was then shown in an exhibition and that's when designer Calvin Klein
IN Q=Shaun in particular
SUPER=01-Michael Heffernan/Photographer; :03
OUT Q=as important.
Even though Yates is just getting into the modeling business, he's already
been sparring with the media.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE
later tonight- join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime
newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a nice weekend. Goodnight.